Adaptation

Image: Marine Iguana, Espanola Island, Galapagos by blinking idiot on Flickr

Animals adapt in different ways to survive in their habitat or biome. We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to adaptation. SCIS 1697986



BBC
BBC nature wildlife pages. How adaptations and behaviours of animals such as intelligence, communication, feeding and morphology enable them to survive in their habitat. Examples and information on animals exhibiting each of the adaptations.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary.
www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations


The Elevator
Earth floor has an overview of adaptation and biomes. Also, check out the related sections, diversity and spheres.

Suggested level: primary
www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsys.html


Homework help
Homework website for Woodlands Junior School, UK. A brief introduction to animal adaptations and survival.

Suggested level: primary
www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/adaptation.htm


ManyAnswers
To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers, use the search term ‘adaptation’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://manyanswers.co.nz/


National Geographic

National Geographic Education has information on different types of adaptation in the animal world such as structural, behavioural and habitat. It also has a slide show of examples of animals and how they have adapted to their surroundings.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/encyclopedia/adaptation/?ar_a=1


NatureWorks
New Hampshire public television programmes for children. First four programmes look at adaptations in some animals found in the US. Videos (Episodes) and written information (Naturefiles) for each section.

Suggested level: primary
www.nhptv.org/natureworks/


San Diego Zoo
General information about animals and the habitats they live in.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
http://animals.sandiegozoo.org/


EPIC
Encyclopedia Britannica Online provides comprehensive information on Adaptation at junior level.  School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary
www.tki.org.nz/epic2


Books
Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Little Hotchpotch, by Brian Patten & Michael Terry, 2001 (picture book)
Just So Stories: How the Leopard Got His Spots, by Elizabeth Rogers, 2010 (picture book)

Video

Scholastic Study Jams
Brief videos about animal adaptations (3.06 mins) and plant adaptations (3.20). Definitions and examples of the different ways animals and plants adapt to survive.
http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/index.htm

Adaptations in action. Looks at structural adaptations in Australian plants and animals. Youtube. 9.07
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEDxThDINgQ&list=PL66B852DC555EDBB1

Animal atlas. Fitting in. Animals have evolved to fit in to their environment. Has advertisments. Youtube 22.34
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7-Gtl3od-M&list=PLK_Lf3fJd0-By-yDTnMRHqQ_mF99t_vKv

Animal atlas. How animals have adapted to different habitats. Has advertisements. Youtube. 22.34
www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4xFDjy3uT8

Fishworks. Adaptation video about fish for primary students. Youtube 9.57
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvQedxuFexg